The Maxwell Chronicles

A collection of videos and pictures to chronicle the recreation of this transcontinental road trip.

December 22, 2016: Kelly Zegers from The Suffolk Times wrote a nice followup article on this trip. Check out her recap here.

December 7, 2016: With the completion of this recreation of history Doug, Rich and John reflect on this epic adventure.

You can still revisit our day by day blog with these links:

Day 1 to day 6:

Day 7 to day 10:

Day 11 to day 13:

May through June:

July through October:

November’s final preparation:

Or you can watch some our short videos as we reflect on different questions about the trip.

 

 

 

Our final thoughts….

A heart filled thank you to all the members of Team Maxwell for making this epic journey possible.

Here are some of the older Chronicle entries:

Day 1 to day 6:

Day 7 to day 10:

Day 11 to day 13:

November’s final preparation:

July through October:

May through June:

 

 

15 thoughts on “The Maxwell Chronicles”

  1. May I make a recommendation on what you guys should attempt next? How about re-tracing the polar expedition trip that Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton took back in 1901? Now that the polar cap is melting, you can navigate this route in an dug-out canoe made from trees you chop down and fashion into a three-seater. No? Think of the interesting people you might be on the way! And after all, you’re accustomed to the cold and everything, aren’t you?

  2. Great trip! Fun to follow along. I’m glad that you got to follow your grandfather’s original route for so much of the way (Cajon Pass the hard way)!
    Did you have any mechanical troubles not mentioned in your blog? Respecting the car, was there anything you wished you had brought along? What would you have left behind?
    What are you going to do next?

  3. Congratulations on reaching your destination, Lewis and Clark would be proud of you!!! What a fun trip to follow along with. Thank you for sharing this great adventure. I am sure your Grandfather is smiling!!!

  4. Love the burros and the southwest landscape. You guys are awesome. Glad to hear you made it CALIFORN-I-O!!!
    Keep your eyes out for gold

  5. We are following along from our Florida address! As snow birds this is, so much fun to watch! Thanks guys and good luck……This is (as the kids say today AWESOME! ) Not only are you repeating history…But are making it as well!
    Richie Krause
    from Ocklawaha, Fla.
    N.Y. address Shelter island

  6. Hi, Richard: Your mom put me onto your web site and I’ve read your transcription of CW’s 1916 diary of the trip to and from the West Coast with great interest. I am a Tuthill by birth, daughter of Philip W. and grandaughter of Philip R. and Helen (Wilcox) T. who lived in the Ira Tuthill house (built in 1799) on Main Road in Mattituck up to the late 1940s. This is now the site of the Mattituck Laurel Historical Society (MLHS). My husband and I live in Delaware, but we trek up to Mattituck most months for MLHS Board meetings. We wish you luck and will be following your adventures. Emily Tuthill Best Cramer

  7. After reading the diary entries It almost makes me wish I had been born in that time. What an adventure! Yours should be different but I wish you the same sense of accomplishment and enjoyment CW must have felt.

  8. Hey Rich,
    Best of luck on the trip….not sure of your departure date.
    Wish you had a quadcopter like mine to get some aerial view of the car on the road.

    Best regards,
    Bruce

    1. Thanks Bruce. The use of a quadcopter like yours is a must. It is on our wish list to figure out who or how we can get some aerial footage. We also plan on Go-pro cameras in / on the car. So we will also need some kind of “production” guy to edit and post to our Maxwell Chronicles page. The plan is to do this in November. What is your availability? Email me if you can bring your expertise to this effort.

      1. I get the shivers just watching the videos! If you had great, warm weather, it would not be the epic journey that it is! Viva the challenge. You are two wild and crazy and tough dudes!!!

        Safe and fun travels.

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